Today is Saturday, Feb. 16, the 47th day of 2013. There are 318 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Feb. 16, 1968, the nation's first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, Ala., as the speaker of the Alabama House, Rankin Fite, placed a call from the mayor's office in City Hall to a red telephone at the police station that was answered by U.S. Rep. Tom Bevill.

Glancing Backward Locally:

25 years ago - 1988

Sayre School Board approved a policy revision which will allow the seniors to take an overnight trip to Washington, D.C., at its regular meeting yesterday.

The Wyalusing School Board authorized the administration to establish specifications and received bids for the replacement of stadium bleachers and for the expansion of the administrative office.

Area post offices affected by a federal cost-cutting order included those in Sayre, Athens, Towanda and Troy. Each will be adjusting retail operating hours as part of a nation-wide effort to reduce operating costs.

50 years ago - 1963

Celebrating her birthday today is Mrs. Harry Mosher of Waverly, known to her friends as Snookie.

The Bradford County Beekeepers Association held its annual dinner meeting and elected recently. Norman Cook of Sayre was elected president.

The annual reorganization meeting of the Tuscarora Mutual Insurance Company's board of directors was held recently. R.L. Culver of Laceyville was elected president of the company for a term of one year.

75 years ago - 1938

Following remodeling operations, including the installation of a new modern front in their store, Harden Brothers, local electrical dealers, have announced that their annual spring opening and display will take place this weekend.

Announcement has been received that Frank Montgomery Jr. of Towanda High School has been chosen by the National School Band Association as a member of the National High School Band.

Residents of Leona did not appreciate the ringing of the church bell last Saturday evening. Whether it was done for a false fire alarm, or just for mischief, is not known, but all trust that it will not happen again.

Elsewhere on this date:

In 1988, seven people were shot to death during an office rampage in Sunnyvale, Calif., by a man who was obsessed with a co-worker, who was wounded in the attack. (The gunman, Richard Farley, is under sentence of death.)

In 1998, a China Airlines Airbus A300-600R trying to land in fog near Taipei, Taiwan, crashed, killing all 196 people on board, plus six on the ground.

Ten years ago: More than 100,000 people demonstrated in the streets of San Francisco to protest a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq. Michael Waltrip raced past leader Jimmie Johnson to win the rain-shortened Daytona 500 for the second time in three years. Eleanor "Sis" Daley, the matriarch of Chicago's Daley political clan, died at age 95.

Five years ago: President George W. Bush, on a six-day tour of Africa, made his first stop in Benin (beh-NEEN') before flying on to Tanzania. John McCain, the presumed Republican presidential nominee, picked up a total of 50 GOP national convention delegates from Michigan and Louisiana. A car plowed into a group of street-racing fans obscured by a cloud of tire smoke on an isolated Maryland highway, killing eight people in the early morning darkness.

One year ago: A federal judge in Detroit ordered life in prison for Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (OO'-mahr fah-ROOK' ahb-DOOL'-moo-TAH'-lahb), a young Nigerian man who'd tried to blow up a packed Northwest jetliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear. New York Times correspondent Anthony Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, died of an apparent asthma attack in Syria while reporting on the uprising against its president; he was 43. Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died in West Palm Beach, Fla., at age 57.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Jeremy Bulloch is 68. Actor William Katt is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer James Ingram is 61. Actor LeVar Burton is 56. Actor-rapper Ice-T is 55. Actress Lisa Loring is 55. International Tennis Hall of Famer John McEnroe is 54. Rock musician Andy Taylor is 52. Rock musician Dave Lombardo (Slayer) is 48. Actress Sarah Clarke is 42. Rock musician Taylor Hawkins (Foofighters) is 41. Olympic gold medal runner Cathy Freeman is 40. Singer Sam Salter is 38. Rapper Lupe Fiasco is 31. Pop-rock singer Ryan Follese (FAHL'-eh-say) (Hot Chelle (SHEHL) Rae) is 26. Actress Elizabeth Olsen is 24. Actor Mike Weinberg is 20.

Thought for Today: "The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We have really no absent friends." - Elizabeth Bowen, Irish-born author (1899-1973).